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With a background in computational biology, Rueben Scriven joined Interact Analysis two years ago and leads the warehouse automation and on-highway commercial vehicle research areas. Rueben has spoken at some of the leading industry events and moderated several panel discussions on the topic of commercial vehicle electrification. He’s also appeared on CNBC to provide insight on the global electric bus market.


"With the demand for faster and more flexible delivery options, micro-fulfillment is a natural progression for many online and omni-channel retailers. Our in-depth analysis of the market sheds light on the rate of adoption, the types of technologies retailers are choosing and the locations in which micro-fulfillment centres are being installed."


Micro-fulfillment is a fulfillment strategy whereby online orders are picked and packed in a hyper local facility often within a brick and-mortar retail store. With the significant growth in e-commerce, a large number of grocers have began trialling automated microfulfillment centres such as Walmart, Tesco and Albertsons.

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the automated micro-fulfillment centre market with insight and commentary on the types of technologies used, microfulfillment formats and the regions which are adopting micro-fulfillment centres at the fastest rate.

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“Micro-fulfillment is a key strategy for retailers wanting to offer same-day deliveries.”


  • The automated micro-fulfillment centre market is forecast to reach $5.5 billion in 2025 (including recurring revenues), up from just $122 million in 2020.
  • Retail-based MFCs are forecast to account for the largest share of the market throughout the forecast period as retailers look to leverage their existing real estate before investing in new facilities such as dark stores.
  • The grocery industry will be the largest source of automated micro-fulfillment centre investments accounting for approximately 50% revenues generated in 2025.
  • The US is forecast to be the largest market for automated micro-fulfillment centres. Australia, New Zealand, and Japan are forecast to be the largest markets in Asia and France and the UK will drive demand in Europe.

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Graduating from Durham University with a first-class degree in Biochemistry, Rueben is leveraging his background in science and computer modelling by joining our growing analyst team.